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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2019 personal letter of congratulations to Michael.  Click here!

"Miles is Chicago's best kept secret...one of the leading lights of contemporary instrumental music." 
- Midwest Record

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10 LIVE VIDEO CLIPS with some of the world's greatest musicians--Darol Anger on violin, Corky Siegel on harmonica, Erkan Ogur of Turkey and many more. 

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A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 

 

Two New Hal Leonard books

BOB DYLAN FOR BANJO

 

FIRST 50 SONGS
To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)

 

CD's On Sale

 

 

 

Like many of you, I grieve the loss of Phil Everly.   I wrote out a fingerstyle guitar version of their beautiful song, All I Have To Do Is Dream written by Felice and Bordelaux Bryant.  I'd just like to share a fingerstyle guitar window into this beautiful song.  As I like to say to my students, we musicians are the sum of what we have heard.   By that measure, anyone who listened to the Everly Brothers was made richer by the experience.   Pass it on.  

All_I_Have_To_Do_Is_Dream.pdf

I'm quite excited to be joining my friend and musical legend, Tom Paxton on Saturday, November 30 at the Old Town School.  I'll be opening the show, and then singing playing with him throughout his concert.   This video is from a concert we did together earlier this year at Space in Evanston.   If you don't know his name, you may well know his works including classic songs like Last Thing On My MInd, Ramblin Boy, Bottle of Wine, Marvelous Toy. The list goes on and on.   He is an American treasure.  Here's a video of our performance together earlier this year.  

 

 

Michael Miles and Shana Harvey are two professional musicians who took it on themselves to volunteer and create a choir at the public school in their Chicago neighborhood. This school was silent, with no music program. In this video, you'll hear both the musical results as well as the children's opinions about why this matters. While this is not the answer to a public school system that does not properly fund the arts, it is a working model of how one school went from silence to singing.

 

Here's another video clip from the same concerts with the Chamber Blues String Quartet.   This one features the Dorian Movement from the Suite for the Americas.   Orchestration for these was done by my long-time friend and colleague, Margaret James.   This tune is also on the col•lage CD.   Thanks!   michael

PS And special thanks to Dave and Kathy Monk from BraveNewPictures.com for recording these.  

 

Here is brief video clip of the Courante Movement of my composition, Suite for the Americas.   This features clawhammer banjo accompanied by the Chamber Blues String Quartet.   This piece is also featured on my newest CD, col•lage.  Although the concert was in 2011, this is the first release of the video from that event.  Enjoy!  

 

Here's a video that I just received featuring our ensemble from the col•lage CD release concert playing Take Five.   This features some of Chicago's very finest musicians---Geraldo de Oliveira on percussion; David Young on trumpet; Bob Lizik on bass; and in the back shadows is David Jennings playing the vibes.   This video was recorded by Dave and Kathy Monk 

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Here's a brief video clip of a rehearsal with the Newberry Consort for our show, "Beautiful Dreamer:   Music of Abraham Lincoln's America.   This ensemble includes Ellen Hargis, vocals; David Douglass, violin; David Schrader, piano; Paul Hecht, narration; and yours truly adding banjo, guitar, and vocals.   In this video I also describe the fretless banjo that I'm playing.  

SUZY BOGGUSS & GERRY O'CONNOR (join Michael on-stage in Ireland)

Just returned from an amazing tour through the Ireland and England.   There is much to say about it.  One of the highlights for sure was when I had a slot on the main stage at the festival, I put together a trio that featured Suzy Bogguss singing harmony and Gerry O'Connor playing his amazing four string banjo.  We created an instant arrangement of Dylan's "I Shall Be Released."  

This is JS Bach's Sleepers Awake.   I'm playing the melody on the banjo, David Jennings adds harmony on the vibes, Bob Lizik add and exquisite bass line.   And on top of all that, Sue Demel makes this all shimmer with a beautiful vocal line on the very top.  This was a live performance when we first released the CD in 2011.  

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